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Key in 2012: Jets Spotlight Karl Dunbar

By Alan Schechter

Dec 6, 2009; Glendale, AZ, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive line coach Karl Dunbar against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Vikings 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

This afternoon, the spotlight shines on a new addition to the coaching staff in 2012. His work is a key factor in the success of the Jets, as one of his new charges in the versatile first round choice, Quinton Coples. Spotlight on defensive line coach, Karl Dunbar.

Born in 1967, he was a second team All-SEC in his senior year at LSU. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the eighth round of the 1990 draft, and had a brief career in the NFL with Pittsburgh as well as the Arizona Cardinals, last seen in the NFL as a player in 1995 with Arizona.

Dunbar comes with an accomplished resume as a def line coach. He coached the defensive lines for Nicholls State University and Oklahoma State University in the late 90s and early 00s. With OSU, he tutored Kevin Williams to being the school’s first def lineman picked in the first round in 17 years.

Dunbar entered the NFL in 2004, where he coached a Bears defensive line that included rookies Tommie Harris and Tank Johson, who have gone on to accomplished careers.

He returned to coach his alma mater’s defensive line in 2005, and coached a defense that was 5th in the country in total defense, 7th in rushing defense, and 8th in points allowed.

Dunbar returned to the NFL in 2006 coaching the Vikings def line through last year. His line, led by Kevin and Pat Williams, led the NFL in run defense each year from 2006-2008, and only allowed 70.8 yards per game in that time.

Karl Dunbar is clearly a good defensive line coach. He has produced good numbers and talented players. If he can bring out the best in Quinton Coples, and the rest, he will have a big hand in the Jets success in 2012.